Final round schedule, table and results, and how to watch on TV

Argentina coach Michael Cheika said the first half of their 36-20 loss to South Africa was “one of the worst I can remember”, but vowed to keep faith with the players to their last game against the Springboks in Durban on Saturday.

The visitors dominated the opening 40 minutes in Buenos Aires and could have led by a margin greater than 22-6 at halftime, their relentless pressure forcing Argentina to concede several penalties, many inside their 22 .

But the home side came back to contention with a much improved second-half display and brought the scoreboard back to 22-20 before two late tries for the Boks sealed their bonus points win.

Meanwhile, New Zealand won the Bledisloe Cup for a 20th straight year after Jordie Barrett’s try following a controversial late refereeing decision gave the All Blacks victory over Australia on Thursday .

In a controversial final at Docklands Stadium, French referee Mathieu Raynal stripped the ball from Australian scrum-half Nic White for wasting time as he was about to clear the ball away from the defense with the Australia holding a three point lead.

Gifted possession, the All Blacks cleared the ball to Barrett who crossed into the left corner as a crowd of 53,245 at Docklands Stadium gasped.

How to watch the games on TV

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Round 1

2nd round

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

  • New Zealand vs Australia (Eden Park, Auckland) 8.05am on Saturday September 24 – Sky Sports
  • South Africa vs Argentina (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban) 4.05pm on Saturday September 24 – Sky Sports

When is the final round?

The final round will take place on Saturday, September 24. New Zealand will host Australia in Auckland, while Argentina travel to Durban to face South Africa.

Recent news

Rugby Australia has written to the sport’s world governing body to reiterate concerns over refereeing after the Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand in Melbourne was marred by a controversial time-wasting decision.

French referee Mathieu Raynal penalized Bernard Foley for delaying the game at Docklands last Thursday as the fly-half prepared to kick the ball in to hit the Wallabies 22 with a minute left in the test.

As New Zealand were awarded a five-yard scrum past the posts, Jordie Barrett scored a try after the siren to snatch a 39-37 win for the All Blacks.

Raynal’s decision, virtually unheard of in elite rugby, was criticized by Australian coach Dave Rennie as well as pundits around the world.

A spokesperson for Rugby Australia confirmed on Monday that it had urged World Rugby to take concerns about officiating in general seriously.

“It’s not unusual, we’ve been lobbying World Rugby for some time on this,” the spokesperson said.

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